Monday, March 2, 2015 AdarI 11, 5775
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When it comes to contemporary scholarship dealing with the 24 books that comprise the Hebrew Bible, academics and theologians can find all sorts of ways to disagree with one another. Here are just of few of the subjects they argue about: How reliable are all or parts of the text as a historical document, and what does the entire work...
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I've said it many times over the years -- Yale University Press continues, season after season, to publish some of the finest, most adventurous books to appear in this country. And not only do they do it consistently, but they do it in bulk. They don't print just five or six top-quality works every fall and spring, but often dozens...
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Zach Pontz, JE Feature
Dalia Sofer was only 10 when her family fled their homeland of Iran in the wake of the Islamic revolution of the late 1970s, which saw the end of the Shah's regime. Still, despite her tender years at the time of this forced leave-taking and her sketchy memories of the past, Sofer told a local synagogue audience that she drew...
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Eva Hesse, who died tragically young nearly 40 years ago, was one of the most fascinating and accomplished artists among those gathered under the rubric of postminimalism (though, in reality, no specific art terms can capture the nature of her work, which has been immensely influential since her death in 1970). Her personal story alone has a fascination matched only...
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Big laughs are not the sort of response we immediately associate with most modern poetry. Humor and satire are integral components of some of the great modernist works of fiction -- think James Joyce's Ulysses , Italo Svevo's The Confessions of Zeno , much of Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita and Pale Fire , especially -- even when the overall effect is...
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